Cultural Studies

M.A. Track in Cultural Studies

The M.A. in Cultural Studies requires 30 credits of graduate work. At least 15 credits must be taken within the department (including no more than three credits of CST 599 Indpendent Studies).

Full Information on Graduate admissions and M.A. and Ph.D. degree structure can be found in the Department Handbook (available as a PDF).

The following courses must be taken by all M.A. students.

CST 502:  Theories in Cultural Studies

CST 510:  History of Cultural Studies

CST 609:  Topics in Cultural Theory

Two CLT/CST courses numbered 600 and higher

The remaining courses may be distributed among graduate offerings in comparative literature, English, foreign languages, philosophy, history, art criticism, theatre, music, and other appropriate fields. A student must achieve a 3.5 overall grade point average for all graduate courses taken at Stony Brook to receive a degree.

Language Requirement

Candidates for the MA are required to demonstrate competence in either one principal foreign language (that is, any language that is of principal importance to the student’s course of study) or two secondary languages. English may count as a principal language for non-Native speakers. Competence in the two secondary languages can be demonstrated by: 1) earning a grade of B or better in a graduate translation course or 2) passing a translation examination to be taken with a dictionary.

Master's Examination

The student will take a two-hour oral examination in the second year of graduate study or submit a master’s thesis. The Master's examination committee consists of three members of the faculty, at least two of whom are members of the CAT core faculty.   The student's advisor normally chairs the Committee, and the other two members are chosen by the director of graduate studies in consultation with the student and his/her advisor.

Reading List for the Master’s Examination:

The student, in consultation with the examination committee, prepares a list of works in each of the following three areas: A) History and theory of cultural studies; B) A cultural phenomenon; C) a historical period.   Each of the other reading lists will consist of 15-20 primary texts.   (The list, signed by the student and all members of the examination committee, must be submitted to the director of graduate studies for approval by the graduate studies committee at least four weeks prior to the examination date. At the two- hour oral exam at least two of the three members of the examination committee must be present.

Thesis Substitute for Master's Examination

Instead of taking the M.A. examination students may substitute a thesis for the Master's examination. The thesis must be on a substantive topic in cultural studies requiring original research. The student will form a committee of three faculty, at least two of whom must be from the CAT core faculty, who will supervise the project and give approval. The student's committee and project proposal must be approved by the graduate studies committee prior to embarking on the thesis.

 "For general information on Stony Brook University's graduate programs, go to the Graduate Bulletin" Graduate Bulletin


Cover sheet for reading list


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Brooke Belisle, a 2013 New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies will join the department next year. "Click here for more information"

New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Raiford Guins new book "Game After" will be published in February 2014 with MIT Press.

Victoria Hesford's new book "Feeling Women's Liberation" was published with Duke University Press in June.


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February 2014

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